Fresh out of the box, a standard PS4 console only comes packaged with 500gb hard drive. And after a few months you will realize that 500gb doesn’t make it the best hard drive for ps4. Luckily, anyone can pop to the store and buy the best hard drive for ps4, which happens to be an external one. Alternatively you can swap out the built in hard drive, though this will nullify your warranty. Today we walk you step by step through the process of changing your PS4 hard drive.
Step One: Backup
In order to prevent the loss of all your game files, saves, DLC and movies, you will want to do a complete backup of your game files. Simply plug in an external hard drive and use the PS4 settings to copy over the precious files. Proceed through the screens until the PS4 turns off. It will quickly turn itself back on and start the backup process. Depending on how much stuff you are backing up, the process can take between 10 minutes and 10 hours. Once the backup is complete, unplug the hard drive and put it to one side.
Step Two: Format the new drive
You will need to use your PC and head over to the Sony website. There you will be able to download the latest software for your PS4. Download and install this onto the new hard drive you wish to install. Without it, the console won’t start up.
Step Three: Swapping the hard drive
This is the fiddly part. Many YouTube videos will be able to show you the exact steps. You need to remove the case of your PS4 and take out the old hard drive. After that, you simply put the new hard drive in its place and put the case back on! Assuming you did everything correctly, you will be able to play on your PS4 as usual!